Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 1:00 am

Today in history for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

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Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2012. There are 45 days left in the year.
1862 — 150 years ago: The steamer Denmark, of the Northern Line, was sunk at the head of Atlas Island, below Keokuk on Tuesday night.
1887 — 125 years ago: Robert Wagner has succeeded Louis Bauerfind as generalsuperintendent of the Atlantic Brewery on Moline Avenue.
1912 — 100 years ago: Work of laying the roof was started this morning at the Manual Arts Building of Rock Island High School.
1937 — 75 years ago: State's Attorney Francis C. King is planning the prosecution of 100 gambling cases.
1962 — 50 years ago: Harold A Kindig of Orion, one of the oldest veterans of World War I, was honored in his home recently during a visit by Mrs. Raymand Newmen, veterans service chairman of the Junior Woman's Club, and Mrs. Robert O'Leary. Mrs. Newmenpresented Kindig a gift from the club.
1987 — 25 years ago: There's the Miss America contest, the Miss Universe Contest. Why not a contest to honor an unsung and not-so-glamorous hero — the outhouse?Outhouses were once crude wooden shacks equipped with only a hole in the ground and a hard bench. Advanced plumbing brought them indoors and society changed theirname to "restroom." And now there's a national contest to pick the best restroom in the country's parks — and Rock Island's Director of Parks and Recreation is entering
the brick out-house at Sunset Park. Director Jack Fogel is taking all joking in stride, yet claims clean restrooms are an important part of good public relations. People will frequent a facility more often that has clean restrooms.